Travelling Tanzania, by Charleen Ratcliff
Each of these places are special in their own right: Lake Manyara a microcosm eco site, with forests, plains, lakes, mountains and was perhaps my most favourite place on this 10 day trip, even if I didn’t see the Tree climbing lions!
Tarangire is big, full of all sorts of animals and flora and where we spotted a leopard taking a snooze in a tree, and where we were charged by a mother elephant protecting her baby, who couldn’t care less about us.
The Crater – what can one say? This is a very special place; we left the Lodge to arrive at 0730 and there were no traffic queues, no waiting at the entrance gate. Making the descent, almost to the floor of the crater, we saw a lioness and her pride who had just killed and eaten most of a zebra and were dragging it back to the rest of the pride who were hiding. We saw so much wildlife; rhinos, more lions, elephants, birds, jackals giving a spiritual feeling of being in the centre of this universe in the crater. The second leg of the trip was the Northwest Serengeti – the Mara River and the Great Migration; staying at Sayari Camp. Sayari Camp is glamping at its best; wonderful food, accommodation to die for plus every night we could listen to the zebra, gazelle and others munching outside our tent. Superb guiding here too!